It's been almost 5 months since Crissy has been seen alive. A couple of days before Thanksgiving 2020, Crissy's grief-stricken mother wrote me with a cry for help.
Jonelle Matthews was a twelve-year-old girl who lived in Greeley, Colorado with her adoptive parents, Jim and Gloria Matthews and her older sister, Jennifer. Jim was a school principal and Gloria stayed at home with the children. The four visited church together as a family when they could.
Rorochan was a girl in Japan who did live broadcasts on the ‘Niconico’ page, which was mainly used to do live broadcasts on topics like Vocaloid.
Handcuffs, fingerprinting, and mugshots are the three things that people generally think of when they picture someone being arrested and taken to jail. Fingerprinting is a tool that has solved tens of thousands of crimes, perpetuated the arrest of thousands of offenders, and even exonerated those who were innocent.
This analysis is a legal analysis of four court cases, two having to do with the allowing or disallowing the handling of forensic evidence, and two allowing or disallowing the handling of testimonial evidence. The purpose of this analysis is to give the facts of these cases, describe the rulings, the courts’ rationalizations for these rulings, and how these cases relate to criminal investigations. All of these cases are related in some way to the Fourth and/or Fifth Amendments, and these cases have dealt with the rights and freedoms of Americans. The intent of this analysis is to show an understanding of how varying court cases have affected the laws pertaining to criminal investigations, and how an investigation can be undertaken in a legal manner, so as to not have collected evidence thrown out, and to not violate the rights of the accused.
Twenty-seven years after the murder of two-year-old James Bulger, the mention of his murderers’ names still provokes hatred and vitriol in a large section of society. Robert Thompson and Jon Venables were just ten years old when they committed their terrible crime, a fact which undoubtably added to the horror expressed by people as they struggled to come to terms with this most baffling phenomenon – children who kill. The Press brandished the pair ‘monsters’, and ‘evil’, but the psychological wellness, or otherwise, of these two young boys was left virtually unexamined at the time, and the question of ‘why?’ went unasked, and unanswered. Is it possible that abuse or neglect in their own lives could have played some part in altering normal development in these young minds, and could this have rendered them more likely to commit such a dreadful act?
Who is Allan Grimson
Allan Grimson served 22 years in Britain's Royal Navy, having joined in 1978, rising to the rank of Petty Officer (about PO1/E6 equivalent in the US Navy).
Death is inevitable, we’re all destined to die one day; but for some, death lies in the hands of the ones we call family. Most often being the murder of a female by male family relatives, honor killings are acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by members of a family against a family member due to the belief of the perpetrator that the victim has brought dishonor upon the ménage (the members of the household) . Thus, in order to ‘purify’ the family name and prestige, they selfishly murder their own flesh and blood. It is often also referred to as ‘femicide’ since women represent the highest percentage of fatalities in this practice. Honor killing is especially prevalent in the Southern parts of Asia – Pakistan and India, and the Middle East , where women are at a great social and institutional disadvantage. In these societies this ferocious act is not viewed as murder; rather it is dressed up with a more refined and polished label: ‘honor killing’.
Americans everywhere, whether they know it or not, have had their everyday life impacted by a single event. Imagine: it’s 1982, the Steve Miller Band is topping charts, E.T is the hottest new film, but those things don’t matter as the entire country’s gaze focuses on Chicago, Illinois. On September 29, the city experienced its first of seven tragic killings. 12-year-old Mary Kellerman woke up experiencing a mild fever and sore throat, not uncommon for this time of year. To resolve the fever, her parents give her a capsule of extra-strength Tylenol, unknowingly sealing her fate. By the time 7:00 am rolled around Mary was pronounced dead.
Elisa Lam is the daughter of Chinese Immigrants. Originally from Hong Kong, her family moved to British Columbia to open a store and live a better life.
In a time when we have an innate fear of the harder to swallow facts, there is a need for those willing to dedicate their lives to these harsher realities. The importance of task forces to handle specific problems is nothing new for the justice system. The hard question we have to ask is what can we do to improve on these processes? The mounting pressure combined with simple human error can lead to missteps that may not allow initial connections to be made or to areas that were not previously explored. A singular task force without interchangeable individuals can lead to overworked and overwhelmed people. But in a world where the people protecting us are overwhelmed and have more than enough to be concerned about, where can we turn to help us find more people dedicated to the safety and justice of others?
In my previous article, Community Outreach V. Murder, I had mentioned the importance of communities working with their local and state police departments to assist with the high amounts of unsolved cases throughout America. I had also mentioned the important work of Thomas Hargrove with the Murder Accountability Project (MAP) and how it significantly supports the idea of serial murders being a big connection to many unidentified persons and cold cases. In a quote from Thomas Hargrove’s LinkedIn page, they report that “The Murder Accountability Project has assembled the nation's most complete database of homicides and unsolved homicides, including details about more than 20,000 murders never reported to the FBI. We have also developed an algorithm that can spot unsolved cases with an elevated probability of being the work of uncaught serial killers.” This alone is the start we need to help begin a beautiful symbiosis between the community and the justice system. In this article, I hope to bring light to the true crisis of unreported murders and how they eventually turn into cold cases. Without community assistance or the assistance of people like Thomas Hargrove, we can cast a veil that blinds us to the horrors lurking underneath which can be dangerous or lead to future victims falling into the same pattern as the past victims.